Project Spotlight Winners
First Place: Pay it Forward Allen County
Second Place: Second Hand Blessings
Bonus Draw: Big Brothers Big Sisters of North East Indiana
A Hope Center
A Hope Center assists pregnant women or women with young children who cannot financially afford to get their babies the things they need. They give hope to those who have nowhere else to turn to for help.
Acres Land Trust
Acres Land Trust is a non for profit organization that protects more than 7,000 acres across 100 properties in northeast Indiana and surrounding counties in Michigan and Ohio.
Adams Twp Parks – (Rec Youth Scholarship & Rec Community Contests)
The Youth Scholarship program offers financial assistance for youth wanting to participate in programming, but may not have the financial means to do so. The Scholarship funds depend on generous donors throughout the community. With financial assistance, the youth of our community are able to participate in summer camps, basketball, tumbling, ballet, tennis, swim lessons, and so much more! Adams Twp Parks would like to add a few contests to our programming with the intent to continue inviting the community to visit our new facility to discover future activities or classes. The contests we have chosen are on social media as well as displayed contests in our Community Center. Contests are open to adults, children, and families. As an incentive for community involvement, they would like to offer prizes for the winners of each contest. Many fun contest ideas have been discussed in hopes they will inspire individuals to utilize the parks and its programs as well as bring the community together. Any funding received will go toward prizes and awards for the winners. For instance in January they had a Facebook contest asking followers to reflect and post a picture of their favorite New Haven Park experience. The winner received a Jury pool punch pass. A gingerbread house contest, Valentine social media contest, Easter Egg decorating contest, pumpkin decorating contest are some of the contests they would like to have but need sponsors or prize donations.
Allen County 4-H
Allen County 4-H is offered to kids in grades 3 through 12 for traditional 4-H memberships. Kids in grades K through grade 2 are able to join Mini 4-H. This program does receive some funding from Allen County, but the members, their families and volunteers mainly support this organization. Kids are able to learn a wide variety of projects. In July (annually) the kids exhibit their work at the Allen County Fair. Projects are judged and the winners selected will go to the Indiana State Fair in August. The kids learn the responsibility of caring for animals, how to sew, how to build a wood project, and much more. Along with the skills mentioned, kids gain leadership and self-confidence. Trips, awards, and scholarships are also available to 4-Hers.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of NE Indiana
Mission: Founded in 1972, the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one relationships with measurable impact. Children served have the greatest need and least opportunity. The majority of the youth served demonstrate several risk factors: live in a single-parent family, live in poverty, have poor social relationships, have strained family relationships, and have academic or behavior problems. Of the 1,580 youth served in the 13-county service area, 60% are from single-parent households; 11% not living with either parent; 19% have a household income less than $10,000 a year; 59% have a household income less than $30,000 a year; 67% are between the ages of 5-12; 33% are ages 13 and older; 46% identify as a minority; and 21% have at least one parent incarcerated. Many children served face multiple risk factors. The Agency continues to provide mentoring programs to the youth most in need (for NO cost to the Littles).
Christ Child Society of Ft. Wayne Reading Rangers
Members of Christ Child Society read to preschoolers with the Reading Rangers program where age appropriate books are selected and read to the children. Then, a craft is with the children that carries through the theme of the book. They ended their second year at St. Joseph School on Brooklyn and expanded to a second school, Most Precious Blood School, after a successful first year. Each child takes home a monthly book to share with parents and siblings along with a parent letter that encourages family participation. At the end of the school year they have a personal library of 9 new books. Their ultimate goal is to develop a love for reading.
Pay it Forward Allen County
Pay it Forward (Allen County Indiana) was started as a legacy to its founder Janice Capatina’s mother. She would give to others without judgement such as taking people into her home when they needed a place to stay. Pay it Forward conducts several events throughout the year such as the Easter egg hunts, back to school clothing drives, coat drives, picnic in the park for its members and the biggest event the Christmas giveaway. They strive to help others and do this through donations and the generosity of their members. Everything is given free and from the heart.
Power House Youth Center
Power House is a youth center in New Haven. They provide afterschool programs, teach life skills, provide tutoring, and provide a safe place for the 6-12th graders from the community.
Second Hand Blessings
Second Hand Blessings is an organization via a Facebook group which helps those in need. They take in donations and hand them out to those in need for FREE. They do Christmas giveaways to help kids receive a Christmas. They make over 200 Easter baskets every year to give away for those in need. It relies 100% on donations from other community members as they offer free services for clients and participants.
Wrestling for Warriors
Wrestling for Warriors is a non-profit sports entertainment company dedicated to those brave children who fight against terminal illness and disabilities on a daily basis. They strive to make them smile while raising awareness and funding for research efforts.